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MERLIN, Ore. — Just after midnight, in the early hours of this morning, a train smashed into a full-size motorhome at a railroad crossing on Merlin Landfill Road.
Rural Metro Fire responded, finding debris from the stricken motorhome strewn around the tracks. The train was stopped near the scene of the collision. The operators were uninjured, but held up their train until the tracks could be cleared of the motorhome's scattered pieces.
Investigators believe that the motorhome must have been left across the tracks intentionally. No one was found near the scene, and it does not appear that anyone was in the vehicle when it was struck. Oregon State Police have the lead in follow-up investigation of the incident.